Nicole Barakat, View Live Work Meditation (decolonisation), _OBSOLETE_067

Obsolete? Artist, Object, Small Museum

Kandos is located between Lithgow and Mudgee and was once the largest cement plant in the southern hemisphere, attracting workers from all over the globe. Its high-quality cement was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge and much of the … Continue reading

A robot sculpts a recreation of the Ancient Greek work Laocoon and his Sons, which was exhibited in Linz last year. Ars Electronica/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Robot sculpture, coming to a gallery near you

Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard … Continue reading

Margaret Dodd’s Bridal Holden, 1977, ceramic sculpture, 24 x 42 x 20 cm. Clay Glen. Courtesy The Cross Art Projects.

Celebrating the feminist Holden

In early 1969, Margaret Dodd was living in a Housing Trust house in Holden Hill, an isolated suburb in outer Adelaide. As a young, pregnant mother, she saw how the family car – always a Holden – was driven to … Continue reading

A ceramic vase repaired by Guy Keulemans using photoluminescent pigment. Author provided

Kintsugi and the art of ceramic maintenance

Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with “urushi” glue and gold or silver dust. It expresses the Japanese principle of “mottainai”, a concept for the regret experienced from waste. It’s significant for being a rare traditional … Continue reading

The Museum of Water at Cottesloe Beach, WA documents displays sample of water collected by donors. Rebecca Mansell, Author provided

Perth’s Museum of Water documents our intimate relationship with a precious resource

A museum of water? This is the improbable concept featuring in this year’s Perth International Arts Festival. The brainchild of British artist Amy Sharrocks, the Museum of Water intends to trace the manifold ways that people relate to water. People … Continue reading